Church of England have updated their advice to parishes on closing and caring for church buildings during the pandemic to reflect current guidance and answer some additional questions. Version 2 includes a list of what has changed at the beginning.
You can access the latest version on the CofE website by clicking on documents and selecting the relevant title, or scrolling to the appropriate FAQ. They recommend visiting the main Coronavirus advice page to see what other questions and materials have been added.
DAC main functions are to give advice on the architecture, archaeology, art and history of places of worship; the care and maintenance of church buildings and their contents; and the care and maintenance of churchyards.
For the most part, the DAC advises churchwardens, PCCs and clergy who are planning work to their churches, and advises the Chancellor whether or not a faculty should be granted. This advice is given on a voluntary basis by members of the Committee, supported by a team of consultants and advisers on specialised topics such as bells, brasses, clocks, lighting, organs and trees.
Caring for church buildings is a great challenge for churchwardens and PCCs. The DAC provides advice, support, and encouragement at all stages of projects, from initial thoughts, through fundraising and making a faculty application, to completion, whether it be quinquennial repairs, reordering, or a new extension, whether on a small or large scale. As well as producing guidance notes and other published material (see below), the DAC and its consultants are happy to visit parishes to offer their expertise and experience – the earlier in the process, the better.
DAC Design Awards Scheme 2022
The DAC administers the Design Awards Scheme, which recognises excellence in design and craftsmanship, and to encourage the commissioning of individual designs rather than resorting to standard catalogue items. The scheme applies to everything which requires faculty consent, from small items such as candlesticks and light fittings, to stained glass, memorials, sculpture, paintings, furniture, etc., through to reordering schemes, whole building developments, cremated-remains areas in churchyards, or tree planting project
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, applications for 2021 scheme as been re-scheduled for 2022. For this one time only, projects completed between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2021 will be accepted. If you would like to enter the 2022 Design Awards you can either email the DAC Office for an application form..
OR on-line by clicking button below
Risk Assessment of your church
- Historic England - Lightning Protection
- How to carry out Risk Assessment of your church - Ecclesiastical Insurance Link
- How to Use fire-risk-assessment-form - Ecclesiastical Insurance
- PDF - General Risk Assessment Form - Eccelesiastical Insurance
- Tower Beacon Guidance (The commemorations of the end of the First World War in 2018 has given rise to fresh interest in beacons on church towers. Ecclesiastical has revised its guidance on church tower beacons)
- Faculty Jurisdiction amendments due in April 2020
- A & B Lists (June 2020 edition)
- Additional Matters Order - To install Commonwealth War Graves Signage
- Agenda and Meeting Dates 2021
- Historic England new online guidance Building Works and Bats (replacing 'Bats in Traditional Buildings')
- Bats in Churches Partnership Project - Heritage Lottery fund
- Church Buildings Council Conservation (CBC) Grants
During lockdown the CBC staff team are all working from home and remain contactable using their usual contact details. CBC grants programme is still operating and will still provide casework and other advice as long as you keep asking. CBC will also continue to update their guidance for churches during lockdown.
- Church Buildings Council - Statement of Significance and Needs
- ChurchCare (CBC) Guidance Notes Including - Funding - Sources of Funding for Conservation Projects
- Charitable Grants for Churches
- Essex Police - Crime Prevention Strategy
- The DAC and the Faculty Process - Currently Under Revision
- DAC Constitution
- DAC Advisors and Consultants
- DAC Members
- The Changing Church - a guide to developing and adapting church buildings
- Redundant Organs guidance
- Useful Addresses e.g. Registry, SPAB, Historic England & Others
- The Faculty Jurisdiction Rules (Came into force 1st April 2020)
- National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund - The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The NLHF’s own FAQs have been amended so they reflect this. The Heritage Emergency Fund will be open for applications from 2pm on 15 April 2020 until 30 June 2020.
- A practical path to “net zero carbon” for our churches Notice of cosultation on definiation of net zero carbon. Following the climate debate in Synod in February there is a need for the church to define what it means by new zero. All Diocesan Secretaries have now received a consultation version of a document ‘Defining net zero’ and the consultation questions. You can consult them here. If you can engage with this and want to, please contact your diocesan secretary. No action is required at this time. The formal consultation will happen later in the year.
The following websites also contain useful information and advice:
- Ancients Monuments Society
- Church Care (Church Buildings Council)
- Ecclesiastical Insurance
- Historic England
- Historic England - Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund
- Essex County Council
- Friends of Essex Churches Trust
- Funds for Historic Buildings
- Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme
- Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) - Advice - Advice - Rafter Level Insulation - SPAB The Need for Old Buildings to 'Breathe' 2020 - SPAB Briefing_Energy efficiency
- Victorian Society
- Natural England
- Faith in Maintenance
- Building Conservation
- War Memorial Trust